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Dr Vanessa Abrahamson PhD, MSc, BSc, PGCTL(HE), PGCert(Social Research Methods)

Research Associate

 

 

With a background in occupational therapy, I joined CHSS as a research associate in 2017. I have carried out various studies and evaluations, all related to long-term conditions and primary/community care. I am currently working on two multi-site NIHR funded projects both using realist methodology. I also enjoy teaching, supervising and mentoring doctoral and ICAP students.

Since October 2020, I have been working with the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration, Kent Surrey Sussex (ARC KSS) on the Co-Production Research Theme with Nadia Brookes.

Before this, I completed an ESRC funded PhD (CHSS, 2014-17) that evaluated a policy imperative related to recovery post-stroke, known as the six-month review, but which lacked an evidence base.

Prior to joining CHSS, I was a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent (2009-2014) and completed an MSc Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Clinically, I have worked in various settings in England, New Zealand, South Africa and Zanzibar. My main interest is community and neuro-rehabilitation and I have worked predominantly in the area of intermediate care, stroke and traumatic brain injury.

Research Interests:

  • Occupational therapy and neuro-rehabilitation
  • Primary and community care
  • Inter-disciplinary working
  • End-of-life care in the community
  • Realist methodology
  • Implementation science

Professional Memberships/Fellowships

  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) - Research and Development Lead for RCOT Specialist Section Neurological Practice

Teaching
MSc in Healthcare Management
Kent Community Health Foundation Trust 'research champions’

Supervision
PhD: Katherine Buckeridge, Development of a measure of communication for non-verbal children with neurodisability using parent perspectives
HEEKSS/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Article
Butler, C., Wilson, P. M., Abrahamson, V., Mikelyte, R., Gage, H., Williams, P., Brigden, C. L., Swash, B., Rees-Roberts, M., Silsbury, G., Goodwin, M., Greene, K., Wee, B. and Barclay, S. (2022) "Optimum models of hospice at home services for end-of-life care in England: a realist-informed mixed-methods evaluation.", NIHR Journals Library. NIHR. doi: 10.3310/MSAY4464.
Abrahamson, V., Zhang, W., Wilson, P. M., Farr, W., Reddy, V., Parr, J., Peckham, A. and Male, I. (2021) "A Realist Evaluation of Autism ServiCe Delivery (RE-ASCeD): Which diagnostic pathways work best, for whom and in what context? Findings from a rapid realist review", BMJ Open. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-051241.
Mikelyte, R., Abrahamson, V., Hill, E. and Wilson, P. M. (2020) "Factors Influencing Trends in Opioid Prescribing for Older People: A Scoping Review", Primary Health Care Research & Development. Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/S1463423620000365.
Abrahamson, V., Jaswal, S. and Wilson, P. M. (2020) "An evaluation of the clinical microsystems approach in general practice quality improvement", Primary Health Care Research & Development. Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/S1463423620000158.
Abrahamson, V., Zhang, W., Wilson, P. M., Farr, W. and Male, I. (2020) "A Realist Evaluation of Autism ServiCe Delivery (RE-ASCeD): Which diagnostic pathways work best, for whom and in what context? Protocol for a rapid realist review", BMJ Open, pp. 1-8. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-037846.
Abrahamson, V. and Wilson, P. (2019) "Positioning the six-month review in the recovery process post-stroke: The ideology of personal responsibility", Health & Social Care in the Community. Wiley, pp. 249-259. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12677.
Abrahamson, V. and Wilson, P. M. (2019) "How unmet are unmet needs post-stroke? A policy analysis of the six-month review", BMC Health Services Research. Springer. doi: 10.1186/s12913-019-4210-2.
Abrahamson, V., Jensen, J., Springett, K. and Mohamed, S. (2016) "Experiences of patients with traumatic brain injury and their carers during transition from in-patient rehabilitation to the community: a qualitative study", Disability and Rehabilitation. Taylor & Francis, pp. 1683-1694. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1211755.
Book section
Wolf, J., Lorenzoni, I., Few, R., Abrahamson, V. and Raine, R. (2011) "Conceptual and practical barriers to adaptation: vulnerability and responses to heat waves in the UK", in Adger, N., Lorenzoni, I., and O'Brien, K. (eds.) Adapting to climate change: thresholds, values, governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 181-196. Available at: http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/earth-and-environmental-science/climatology-and-climate-change/adapting-climate-change-thresholds-values-governance.
Monograph
Wilson, P. M. and Abrahamson, V. (2018) Evaluation of West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group Clinical Microsystems Programme for General Practice. University of Kent.
Billings, J. R. and Abrahamson, V. (2018) Proof of concept evaluation of a project using 'conversations inviting change' methodology to support the development of in-place systems leadership in local care hubs. University of Kent.
Research report (external)
Hill, E., Mikelyte, R., Abrahamson, V. and Wilson, P. M. (2018) Exploration of the Factors Influencing Opioid Prescribing as Regular Pain-Management Medication for Older People. CHSS: Canterbury.
Review
Abrahamson, V. (2010) "Commentary: Systematic review: interventions intended to reduce admission to hospital of older people.", International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. Mark Allen Healthcare, pp. 310-322. Available at: https://www.ijtr.co.uk/cgi-bin/go.pl/library/article.cgi?uid=48154;article=IJTR_17_6_310_322.
Conference or workshop item
Abrahamson, V., Zhang, W., Farr, W., Male, I., Parr, J., Kenny, L., Grahame, V., Allard, A., Reddy, V., Saunders, G. and Wilson, P. (2021) "How can we deliver timely and high quality diagnosis for children with possible autism in the UK: a rapid realist review of autism service delivery literature", in. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Conference 2021, BMJ. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2021-rcpch.97.
Abrahamson, V., Butler, C., Wilson, P. M., Mikelyte, R., Brigden, C. L., Silsbury, G. and Goodwin, M. (2019) "Optimum Hospice at Home Services for End-of-Life care: realist evaluation and co-production", in. International Conference for Realist Research, Evaluation and Synthesis 2021. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQX6-ka1VwU.
Abrahamson, V. and Wilson, P. (2018) "The 6-month review process post-stroke: policy and practice", in. UK Stroke Forum Conference, Sage, pp. 30-30. doi: 10.1177/1747493018801108.
Abrahamson, V. and Wilson, P. M. (2018) "Health & Well-being post-stroke: what is the role of the six-month review?", in. International Symposium: Transforming Community and Public Health, Swansea, Wales. Available at: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/humanandhealthsciences/.
Abrahamson, V. (2018) "The review process post-stroke: policy and practice", in. Health Policy & Politics Network (HPPN) 2018 Spring Event. Available at: https://hppnuk.wordpress.com/2017/10/23/health-policy-politics-network-hppn-2018-spring-event/.
Abrahamson, V. (2017) "How does the review process support adults in the first year post-stroke? The patient experience", in. East Kent Brain Injury Neurorehabilitation Conference 2017. Available at: http://ukabif.org.uk/events/?format=list&mc_id=566.
Abrahamson, V. (2016) "How does the review process support adults in the first year post-stroke?", in. Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Neurological Practice Annual Conference, Edinburgh. Available at: https://www.rcot.co.uk/events/rcot-specialist-section-neurological-practice this is the link to the specialist section but the conference has been removed for this year's conference.
Abrahamson, V., Jensen, J., Springett, K. and Sakel, M. (2016) "Experiences of patients with traumatic brain injury and their carers during transition from in-patient rehabilitation to the community: a qualitative study", in. Committing to Excellence: A Celebration of Interdisciplinary Practice.
Sakel, M., Abrahamson, V., Jenson, J. and Springett, K. (2015) "Transition from Hospital to Community: Experiences of Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury, a Qualitative Research", in. The 9th World Congress of International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Foundation for Rehabilitation Information, pp. 452-453. Available at: http://www.isprm2015.org/fileadmin/congress/media/isprm/pdf/Abstract%20Booklet%20ISPRM%202015.pdf#page=452.
Abrahamson, V., Jensen, J., Springett, K. and Sakel, M. (2014) "Patient/Carer experience during transition from Inpatient to Community", in. East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust, 5th Brain Injury Conference. Available at: http://www.trustnewsonline.org/notices/2014/07/5th-brain-injury-multi-disciplinary-conference-agenda/.
Abrahamson, V., Jensen, J., Springett, K. and Sakel, M. (2014) "From inpatient rehabilitation into the community: experiences of adults with traumatic brain injury", in. College of Occupational Therapists 38th Annual Conference. Available at: http://eventmobi.com/cot2014/agenda/64539/343596.
Thesis
Abrahamson, V. (2017) How does the review process support adults in the first year post-stroke?.
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